Jordi Alba 'a lot better' at Barcelona without Neymar; delighted by Valverde


It has recently been claimed he is bored at the French side and has asked his old Barcelona teammates if they would take him back, while he supposedly fell out with both Edinson Cavani and manager Unai Emery over who should take penalties. I'm happy and motivated.

"I don't like to compare managers but what I can say about Valverde is that I'm delighted with him and with the whole coaching setup", Alba added. I'm totally realistic and what I don't like is these false stories about me, there is nothing bothering me at my club.

So now I beg you to stop creating stories that aren't true'.

"He is a great player, who made a decision to leave because of his circumstances, feelings or thoughts", the Spain worldwide said.

"Anyway, there's something that is bothering me a lot - I don't have a problem with Cavani, I don't have a problem with the coach".

Personally, I'm not sure what to believe but I doubt we'll ever see Neymar Jnr in a Barcelona short again in a competitive friendly, how about you?

He continued: 'I just want to be happy, I did not come here to make trouble with anybody. "He's ready to play in the World Cup and he's got all the ingredients to be the best goalkeeper in the world".

'I had a chat with Tite because every day these things are hurting me. I'm enjoying myself like I haven't for a long time. I'm happy. I was happy when I left Barcelona and I'm still happy now'.

Emery himself is rumored to be not on great terms with Neymar, who is also in a similar situation with his national team coach, Tite (although the pair of them moved to dissuade any such notions with a very public and emotional show of respect after Brazil's 3-1 win over Japan).

Neymar and the rest of his Brazil teammates will be in action at Wembley on Tuesday, as Brazil play England in their second friendly of the global week.